Short Construction Delays Possible Near Tupelo, MS (milepost 264.4)
Repairs on a bridge will require one-lane closures of the Parkway for about 1/4 mile near Tupelo. Work is expected to be completed in fall of 2014. Please use caution due to construction traffic around the work area. More »
Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers
Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »
Ammendments to the Superintendent's Compendium
Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent. More »
Field Trip Planning
Field Trips and Classroom Programs
The Natchez Trace Parkway has several options for field trips, ranger visits to classrooms, and lesson plans teachers can do on their own.
Outdoor Appreciation Activities: This group of lessons is a potpourri of activities for all grade levels. Students will learn how to use their sense of observation and other senses to heighten their awareness of the outdoor world. Includes grade appropriate activities. This activity can be led by teachers, or rangers may be scheduled to lead the activities. Outdoor Appreciation
Tupelo, Mississippi area
Middle School: Please contact the Natchez Trace Parkway at 662-680-4027
High School: Please contact the Natchez Trace Parkway at 662-680-4027
Water Quality Stream Study:
The Natchez Trace Parkway is current looking for schools interested in collecting data from streams all along the Parkway. Data would be also be shared with Adopt-a-Stream Mississippi. This is a service learning project, steeped in science. Fifth grade and above will experience water quality monitoring, including macro-invertebrate identification and chemical analysis, adjusted to grade level. This project is funded by the National Park Foundation. Please email Jane Farmer for more information.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory when he died on the Natchez Trace in 1809, at Grinder's Stand in Tennessee. A monument was erected in his honor in 1848 and can be seen along the Natchez Trace Parkway today.